ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
NO DTS 0426: DELTA STATE HIV/AIDS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION, PROTECTION BILL, PASS FIRST READING
NO DTS 0427: FUNKEKEME FELICITATES WITH OKOWA ON HIS EMERGENCE AS HELMSMAN TO SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS FORUM
NO DTS 0428: ADHERE TO ETHICS, INTEGRITY IN GENERATING TEST ITEMS, UKAH CHARGES
NO DTS 0429: OSSAI COMMISSIONS ADO BAKERY, CONFECTIONERIES
NO DTS 0430: BE PROACTIVE, EJIOFOR CHARGES DELTANS IN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
NO DTS 0431: UPGRADE YOUR BUSINESS TO EMBRACE LATEST TREND IN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, OREZI URGES ENTREPRENEURS
NO DTS 0432: DTSG FROWNS AT ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF GOVERNMENT ACQUIRED LAND AT OWA-EKE/OWA-ALERO/OWA-NTA
NO DTS 0433: SENIOR POLITICAL ADVISER ADVOCATES REGULAR CHECK UPS FOR WORKERS.
NO DTS 0434: OKOWA’S CHOICE AS CHAIRMAN, SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS’ FORUM NOT SURPRISING – OFA
NO DTS 0435: ALGON ENGAGES HASCKEF GEE AS SOLE RECVENUE COLLECTOR AS CONSULTANT COMMENCES OPERATION ‘SHOW YOUR LG UNIFIED PERMITS’ FEBRUARY 25
NO DTS 0436: SHUN CULTISM- OSONDU CHARGES UMUSADEGE YOUTHS
NO DTS 0437: LGA BOSS WARNS YOUTH AGAINST VIOLENCE ACT
NO DTS 0438: PROTECT SUPPORT STAFF INTEREST, ABE 1 URGES MANAGEMENT OF WRPC
NO DTS 0439: HPM ENCOURAGES NCWS TO WORK TOGETHER IN PEACE, LOVE
Ag Editor: Isaac Ogerugba
NO DTS 0426 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
DELTA STATE HIV/AIDS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION, PROTECTION BILL, PASS FIRST READING
Delta State HIV/AIDS Anti-discrimination and Protection Bill, has passed its first reading at the floor of the Delta State House of Assembly, during plenary on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
The Bill, which was sponsored by Hon. Augustine Uroye of Warri South 1, State Constituency and 24 other members of the House seek access for justice, support and care for all persons living with HIV/AIDS in Delta state and for other related matters.
The bill which is billed for second reading on March 10, 2020, when passed into law will prohibit all forms of discrimination against persons living with the disease in the society, including right to medical facilities and jobs.
NO DTS 0427 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
FUNKEKEME FELICITATES WITH OKOWA ON HIS EMERGENCE AS HELMSMAN TO SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS FORUM
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Rt. Hon Funkekeme Solomon has congratulated the Delta State Governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa for emerging the Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum.
In a remark, the Senior Political Adviser said Governor Okowa coming as the chairman of the forum is a recognition and a testament to His hard work, diligence and inventive command and knowledge in the management of human and material resources.
The Senior Political Adviser was firm in his conviction that Governor Okowa would no doubt bring his wealth of experience both at the State and National levels to bear in piloting the affairs of the forum.
Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon therefore urged the other South South governors to cooperate and support the chairman of the Forum in proffering solutions to the varied challenges confronting the region.
He joined Deltans to felicitate with Governor Okowa in his new role as the helmsman of the South South Governors Forum, even as he prayed that God Almighty grant him good health and increased wisdom to pilot the affairs of the Forum.
NO DTS 0428 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
ADHERE TO ETHICS, INTEGRITY IN GENERATING TEST ITEMS, UKAH CHARGES TEACHERS
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has urged stakeholders, especially teachers, saddled with the responsibility of generating test items for 2020 Cognitive /Placement and Basic Education and Certificate Examinations to adhere to the ethics, integrity, secrecy and credibility associated with the conduction of examinations in the state.
Chief Ukah stated this in Asaba yesterday (17/02/2020) during a workshop on generation of test items for 2020 Cognitive/Placement and Basic Education Certificate Examinations organised by the ministry.
The education commissioner said that the workshop was aimed at generating test items that would measure the teaching and learning outcomes as well as adhere to outlined provisions in the school curriculum
He also stated that the workshop was also intended to create unique forum for teachers with cognate experience in their subject areas to review the past evaluative instruments with a view to generating new ones in order to enrich the question bank.
Chief Ukah advised the participants at the workshop to ensure that they cover the three learning domains including the Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor by ensuring that items generated were not only valid and usable but capable of sustaining the established standards.
The Basic and Secondary Education commissioner said that the ministry intended to continue with the digitalisation process since it had enhanced easy assessment of objective items by producing a timely and credible result, saying that the process would ensure minimal errors of omission or commission experienced in the previous years.
He called on participants to take the workshop seriously, even as he maintained that test items generation must be in tandem with the school curriculum.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of Examinations and Standard, Mrs Kehinde Oderhowho, said that the workshop was aimed at generating credible, reliable and valid test items that would cover cognitive, affective and psychomotor, adding that the training was targeted at measuring the ability of the learners to grasp the basic tools of language proficiency for literacy.
Mrs Oderhowho, also said that the initiative was for the selected teachers for the items generation to acquire and apply basic scientific and technological knowledge and skills to meet societal needs as well as systematically recall and apply mathematics concepts to real life situations, among others.
The Director noted that each participant was expected to generate fifty multiple choice items with one clear and precise correct option and five essay questions drawn from the subject curriculum for the Cognitive /Placement Examination, adding that sixty valid and reliable multiple choice test items and four essay type questions should be generated for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations.
In separate papers presented on ‘Subject Thematic Area of New Curriculum’ and ‘Procedures for Item Generation’, the resource persons, Dr Godwin Edozien and Prof. J Odili from the Department of Test and Measurement, Delta State University Abraka, identified curriculum overload, proliferation of courses across different levels of education, dearth of official curriculum to states and schools and non -alignment of books to curriculum as well disconnection between curriculum and assignment as some of the causes of failure of examinations by students.
The duo enjoined examiners that while adhering to standard of test generation, they should shun multiple words in their questions and ensure that their questions have clear instructions, stressing that the purpose of the Basic Education Certificate Examination was to lay foundation for knowledge application of ICT just as they stated that the curriculum intended to enrich the child with the skills of enquiry, intellectual, manipulative and societal values as well as inculcate value reorientation in a child.
NO DTS 0429 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
OSSAI COMMISSIONS ADO BAKERY, CONFECTIONERIES
Deltans and indeed Community Leaders have been enjoined to be part of Community development in the Delta State.
The Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Chief Chika Ossai gave the charge at Nsukwa in Aniocha South Local Government Area during the commissioning of Ado Bakery and Confectioneries.
Chief Ossai affirmed that the Ado Bakery and Confectioneries would go a long way to reduce the level of unemployment in the Community.
He added that this gesture by HRM, Obi Dr Kenneth Ezegbunem I, the Obi of Nsukwa, would no doubt increase the level of productivity in Nsukwa.
Contributing further, the Pere of Akugbene-mien Kingdom and also the second Vice Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, Pere Luke SP, of Bomadi Council Area, appreciated the sitting of Ado Bakery and Confectioneries in Nsukwa, saying it is a grass root investment that would turn around the fortune of the locality.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the cutting of tape indicating the commissioning of the Bakery which was witnessed by the Honourable Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Austin Chikezie and other prominent Deltans.
NO DTS 0430 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
BE PROACTIVE, EJIOFOR CHARGES DELTANS IN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Engr Lawrence Ejiofor, has called on Deltans in the entertainment industry to be proactive in order to benefit directly from the opportunities made available by the Okowa led administration.
Engr Ejiofor made the call in his office, when Umuahaba in Nollywood paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba.
Reiterating its world class standard and the opportunities provided by the Leisure Park and Film Village, he encouraged Deltans to see themselves as major stakeholders and urged them to maximize their stake and other opportunities that have been brought to their doorstep.
He tasked the group with the responsibility of expanding their boarders to accommodate Deltans in the entertainment industry to ensure that they are partakers of government’s initiative.
He advised them to shun unhealthy competitions and promote peaceful collaboration with other entertainers in the industry regardless of their ethnicity.
The leader of the Umuahaba in Nollywood, MaryJane Idika, thanked the Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for the Film Village and Leisure Park initiative, saying that she acknowledged the impact of this project on Deltans and the economy.
She stated that the team was willing to partner with the state government to ensure that the facility was put into great use by Deltans in the entertainment industry.
Umuahaba group also disclosed that they would collaborate with entertainers from all over Nigeria to expand their boarders to accommodate Deltans from all ethnic groups and ensure that Deltan entertainers have a place in their own community among others.
The group thanked the commissioner and the directorate of Culture and Tourism for the warm reception and appealed for guidance where necessary as they promised to play by the rules and provide updates on progress made.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentations of the Asaba Native Attire know as Akwa-Ocha to the commissioner by the Umuahaba team as a token of their appreciation for the audience granted them.
NO DTS 0431 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
UPGRADE YOUR BUSINESS TO EMBRACE LATEST TREND IN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, OREZI URGES ENTREPRENEURS
Entrepreneurs in the state have been charged to upscale their businesses by embracing latest trend in digital technology.
The Executive Secretary, Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (DSMSMEs) Development Agency, Hon. Orezi Esievo, gave the charge when she played host to the executives and members of the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Delta State chapter.
Hon. Esievo, who expressed joy over the efforts the members of the association had put in so far on their various businesses, said the Agency is out to encourage MSMEs in the state by providing the needed business support and advisory services for business development.
While assuring the members of the Agency’s good intentions at all times, emphasized the need for members to strengthen their cluster groups, even as she called on budding entrepreneur to come together to form cluster groups as it was the channel through which the agency would carry out its empowerment programs.
In her response, the chairperson of NASSI, Mrs Patience Etaredafe Okonma congratulated the Executive Secretary (ES), DEMSMA on her well deserved appointment and pledged the association’s unalloyed support.
Mrs Etaredafe stressed that small scale industrialist face lots of problems ranging from branding, packaging and training, adding that many were frustrated and have abandoned their businesses, for other ventures.
The chairperson further called on the ES DEMSMA to use her good office to facilitate the development of the Asaba industrial pack.
NO DTS 0432 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
DTSG FROWNS AT ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF GOVERNMENT ACQUIRED LAND AT OWA-EKE/OWA-ALERO/OWA-NTA
The Delta State Government has frowned at the illegal occupation and encroachment on its acquired land along Owa-Eke/Owa-Alero/Owa-Nta Road in Ika North East Local Government Area by individuals and group of persons.
A statement signed by the State Director of Information, Mr Dona Obuseh, indicated that the land along Owa-Eke/Owa Alero Road belongs to the Delta State government and has not been allocated to any individuals or group of persons for any purpose whatsoever.
The statement further advised all trespassers and illegal developers on the State Government Acquired Land along Owa-Eke/Owa Alero Road to vacate the land immediately or face lawful removal/demolition of all such unauthorized structures in line with the Delta State Urban and Regional Planning Law, 2005.
NO DTS 0433 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
SENIOR POLITICAL ADVISER ADVOCATES REGULAR CHECK UPS FOR WORKERS.
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State Rt. Hon Funkekeme Solomon has called on civil servants in the State to take advantage of the Governor Okowa-led administration’s health care scheme in order to live a life devoid of avoidable situations that can lead to sudden death.
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor made the call recently at the passing on of his secretary, Ms Maria Imonero which occurred on Monday 17th February 2020 at the Federal Medical Centre Asaba, after a brief illness.
Addressing staff of his office the Senior Political Adviser said it is imperative for all to carry out periodic and regular check up on their health status emphasising that an early diagnosis of any ailment can save a life.
Rt. Hon Funkekeme Solomon warned against carrying out self medication and the practice of patronizing medical quacks as these can be fatal.
He said there was need to invite qualified and reputable medical practitioners to give workers pep talks on health matters that would guide their daily lives.
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor Rt. Hon Funkekeme Solomon commiserated with the family of the diseased and other members of staff promising that the office will assist in no small measure in the funeral ceremony of Ms Maria Imonero as will be announced by the family.
Ms Maria Imonero was until her death a staff of Government House and Protocol under the Office of the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State.
NO DTS 0434 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
OKOWA’S CHOICE AS CHAIRMAN, SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS’ FORUM NOT SURPRISING – OFA
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, Dr Henry Ofa, has said the emergence of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as the new Chairman, South South Governors’ Forum did not come as a surprise.
The former member, Delta State Post Primary Education Board, PPEB, commended the South South governors’ for identifying the sterling leadership qualities in Governor Okowa and assured them that the choice would impact positively on the region and its people.
He congratulated Senator Okowa on his deserving emergence, which he described as an appropriate reward for hard work, stressing that it was a great honour to Delta state.
Dr Ofa called on all Deltans to extend more support and prayers to the Governor of Delta State Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for him to be successful on his new assignments and as well take Delta State to greater heights.
NO DTS 0435 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
ALGON ENGAGES HASCKEF GEE AS SOLE REVENUE COLLECTOR AS CONSULTANT COMMENCES OPERATION ‘SHOW YOUR LG UNIFIED PERMITS’ FEBRUARY 25
By Elohor Foghola
The Secretary, Delta State Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON), Hon Victor Ebonka, had explained that the decision to engage HASCKEF GEE, as the Sole Revenue Consultant in the 25 local government areas of the state, was, “to eliminate the issue of double taxation and indiscriminate harassment of affected vehicle owners.”
In a statement signed by the ALGON Secretary, indicated that the body of local government chairmen warned that unauthorized person or persons, “found in the production and sale of permits, will be visited with the full weight of the law.”
The statement further added that religious organizations are exempted from paying for mobile advertisements on their vehicles.
It advised vehicle owners to deal with revenue enforcers of HASCKEF GEE, who would wear uniforms and bearing identity cards as well as obtain the mobile stickers in the Unified Local Government Council offices in the state, in a bid to avoid falling prey to the activities of touts.
The statement urged members of the public to seek for clarifications from Consultant’s headquarters office at Warri South Council Main Secretariat, Warri.
In a related development, the Sole Revenue Consultant authorized by ALGON to collect waste sanitation basket permit, motor pack permit, loading and offloading permit, mobile sales/supply haulage permit, liquor and all other mobile stickers emblem permits for 2020, HASCKEF GEE Nigeria, says the decision to enforce ‘Operation Show your LG Unified Permits from Tuesday February 25 as against Wednesday January 15, was occasioned by the need to give the exercise a human face.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of HASCKEF GEE Nigeria Limited, Mr Kenneth George, who gave the explanation in Warri during a press briefing, stated that several owners of commercial and company vehicle owners in the state pleaded for more time to enable them obtain the permits.
NO DTS 0436 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
SHUN CULTISM- OSONDU CHARGES UMUSADEGE YOUTHS
By Ofotokun Simon
Youths of Umusadege in Ndokwa West Local Government Area have been charged to shun cultism and engage their God given talent in activities that will bring development to the community.
The Youth President, Comrade Osondu Ezeoba gave this charge during the maiden edition of a yearly football competition among various quarters in Ndokwa West Local Government area which took place at the Umusadege Primary school.
Comrade Osondu said that the idea for the yearly football competition, tagged, Unity Cup Challenge, was to unite all the families in Umusadege and also being peace and stability among the youths.
He said that he has secured lifetime job opportunities for three youths and is still engaging the oil prospecting companies to convert the fifty casual workers to permanent staff.
According to comrade Osondu, the first priZe for the competition attracts the sum of ₦100,000 and a goat, the second priZe attracts the sum of ₦50,000and a goat while the third prize attracts the sum of ₦30,000 and a goat.
The fourth position gets ₦20,000 and a goat and the fifth to seventh position will all go home with the sum of ten thousand naira and a goat each.
The Youth President enjoins the youths to be law abiding and to play according to the rules of the game.
NO DTS 0437 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
LGA BOSS WARNS YOUTH AGAINST VIOLENCE ACTS
By Ogode Chibuzor
Hon Uche Azuka Osadebe has admonished members of Oshimili South Youth
United on their services rendered to the public, especially, at Ogbeogonogo Market, Asaba, Delta State.
The Chairman while addressing the youths, made a passionate appeal on the need to be more polite and friendly to the public in carrying out assignments given to them by the Council. That henceforth, he will not condone any report regarding harassment, intimidation or fighting by members and the general public.
In the same vein, the Executive Chairman, Hon Uche Osadebe used the occasion to settle all the differences and bickering among members and equally urge them to be their brother’s keeper at all times.
The Chairman of the group, Mr Vincent Oba in his vote of thanks, appreciates the fatherly love shown and the various empowerments given to the group by Hon Uche Osadebe since the creation of the body.
On behalf of the group, Vincent Oba promised that the members will be of good conduct from this day in carrying out their duties to the public..
NO DTS 0438 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
PROTECT SUPPORT STAFF INTEREST, ABE 1 URGES MANAGEMENT OF WRPC
By Ambrose Ologide
The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso, Abe I, has urged the management of Warri Refining Petrol Chemical Company (WRPC) Ekpan, Uvwie, Local Government Area to protect the interest of support staff in the company.
The Uvwie monarch made the call during the facilitation visit of management of the company led by the Managing Director of WRPC, Ekpan, Engr Mohammad Abali on his 12th coronation anniversary at the palace of the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, GRA, Effurun on Monday February 17, 2020.
The traditional ruler noted that the issue of protection of support staff who were also known as back up or contract staff was receiving public hearing at the National Assembly.
While noting that unemployment was frustrating to both youths and their parents, he identified frustration as one of the major causes of restiveness in the North East and Niger Delta regions of the country.
He however expressed appreciation to the management of WRPC over their support to the palace since he ascended the throne “You are part of my success stories so far. You should sustain the cordial relationship.”
A spokesman of the visitors, Chief Freeman Ikpen had earlier explained that the visit was to felicitate with the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom on his 12th coronation anniversary coming up on Tuesday February 18, 2019.
He was also full of appreciation to the Uvwie monarch for his support and cordial relationship with the company.
High point of the event was a special prayer said for the Managing Director of WRPC, Ekpan Uvwie Local Government Area Engr Mohammad Abali by HRM Abe I
NO DTS 0439 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
HPM ENCOURAGES NCWS TO WORK TOGETHER IN PEACE, LOVE
The new Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Warri South Local Government, Mrs Igbrude, has called on the National Council of Women Society (NCWS) to work together in peace and love to achieve common goals.
Mrs Igbrude made the call when members of the NCWS, Warri South chapter, paid her a courtesy call in her office.
The HPM who expressed appreciation to the NCWS for taking their time to visit her said that, saying that Warri South is like a home to her, even as she said that she was ready to support and work closely with NCWS in whatever way she can.
The president of NCWS Delta State, Mrs Helen Bob-Manuel said that the visit was to enable the group formally welcome the HPM to Warri South Local Government Council.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a souvenir to the New HPM as an appreciation to her.